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Europe Data Protection Digest | Hamburg commissioner opens proceedings against Facebook; court reduces GDPR fine against hospital Related reading: What's new and what's not in the EU's AI regulation

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  • Hamburg's Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information in Germany brought forth proceedings against Facebook Ireland over WhatsApp's new privacy notice. The commissioner expressed concerns over provisions in the notice that allows WhatsApp to share user data with Facebook and initiated proceedings against the Irish branch of the technology company under Article 66 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
  • The Court of The Hague reduced a fine against a Dutch hospital for GDPR violations from 460,000 to 350,000 euros. Following a reported data breach in April 2018, the hospital took action, including implementing an e-learning course for employees and introducing two-factor authentication, which showed a willingness “to deal with the problems in the organization,” the court found, adding the initial fine “leads to a disproportionate sanction.”
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